Transforming Lives

Every day, all over the world, USAID brings peace to those who endure violence, health to those who struggle with sickness, and prosperity to those who live in poverty. It is these individuals — these uncounted thousands of lives — that are the true measure of USAID’s successes and the true face of USAID's programs.

For four teachers at Public School 17 in Kutaisi, Georgia, teaching high school students is more than a job. It is a commitment to helping their young students make safe and healty choices on their path to adulthood.

For three hours every day, Nato Kuprava, Irina Burjaliani, Tea Kutateladze and Eka Murusidze stay after school on a volunteer basis to teach their students about reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, drug and alcohol abuse and other social issues such as early marriage.

More than 1.5 million newly insured Georgians are now able to better navigate the complex world of health insurance thanks to a USAID-initiated Health Insurance Mediation Service (HIMS). The new service is part of the Government of Georgia’s Ministry of Labor Health and Social Affairs (MOLHSA) and serves Georgians by resolving disputes and strengthening interactions between vulnerable individuals, insurers, and health care providers.

14 MARCH 2012 | BALKH, AFGHANISTAN
 
Gul Jan, a housewife from Yulmarab village, called the contact number listed on the Mazar-e-Sharif trash collection flyers to lodge a complaint with municipal officials. She stated that zarangs (motorized rickshaws) were not coming to her neighborhood to collect trash according to the schedule posted on the flyers.
 

Махадали Хурамов, сдавая в аренду 2 га земли в районе Рудаки в Таджикистане, боролся в течение многих лет, чтобы получить воду для полива своих полей. 

Challenge

In Georgia, one significant constraint on local governance has been the lack of local ownership of structures used on a daily basis, such as city hall buildings, park equipment, or municipal water and sewage systems. The central government, which owned these assets, simply permitted use by localities. As a result, Georgia’s second largest city, Kutaisi, did not have the legal ability or incentive to effectively manage its most valuable assets on behalf of its citizens.

Challenge

With a population of 50,000, Kaspi, like most other Georgian municipalities, is burdened by neglected infrastructure. The city, in the Shida Kartli region, is now struggling to provide basic municipal services such as parks, street lighting, and garbage collection to its citizens. One important obstacle to improving services was the low collection rate of municipal fees. As a consequence of the poor quality service due to the low collection rates, residents were illegally dumping waste on the outside of town along the Lekhura River banks.

Tariel Chanturia, one of Georgia’s most renowned poets, faced an unexpected obstacle to publishing his newest poems. David Gotsiridze, director of the printing house Kedeli, explained that Chanturia would have to first register as an individual entrepreneur before publishing his new volume.

Despite Gotsiridze’s assurance that the process would be fast and simple, Chanturia expected the worst – confusing procedures, long lines, multiple visits, and unofficial payments.

SIS, a Belarusian company that provides consulting services to agricultural businesses shifted its focus several years ago to designing cow houses. During the summer of 2009, the company was involved in the reconstruction of eight dairy farms and the building of an entirely new dairy complex. However, the market was quickly changing and SIS specialists were in need of further training in order to become leaders in this niche of the Belarusian market.

Dzerzhinsk Farm in Belarus employs more than 550 workers and is the largest force in the Minsk oblast’s economy. The farm serves as a good model for future market-oriented agricultural enterprises in Belarus. Unfortunately, the farm’s veterinarians have faced challenges in the area of artificial insemination and dairy health management.

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Last updated: February 27, 2014